Arghh! The monkeyflowers (Mimulus aurantiacus and cultivars) are looking great, but a month too early. I had hoped that they would hold off a bit longer and be blooming for the wedding.
I expected the globe gilia (Gilia capitata) to be finished, but was hoping the Margarita BOP penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita BOP’) wouldn’t be so far along.
I expected the tidytips (Layia platyglossa) to be gone, but had hoped the pink clarkias (Clarkia bottae) to be around.
So I am watering and cutting back the California poppies (Eschscholzia californica), monkeyflowers (Mimulus), and clarkias (Clarkia), and making lots of bouquets.
The nasturtium – (Yes, I know they are invasive, and no, I didn’t plant them but I enjoy them every spring before yanking them out. Unfortunately they seed like crazy, but they are pretty.) – are wild and have been blooming for over a month now. Will there be any left in mid-June?
So I transplanted some of the sunflowers into the parkway garden – two have gotten stepped on already, so who knows whether they will survive, or bloom on schedule.
The pots look good, but will they flower on June 12th or will they hold off until the 13th????
I have a new respect for horticultural florists who must make nature perform on an exact schedule!